NCIS “Homefront” Review (Season 13, Episode 22)


Every military family deals with two very different “fronts”: the homefront where the family left behind deals with the day-to-day issues (good, bad or otherwise) and – for lack of a better word – the military front, the location wherever in the world the service man or woman is serving for their respective branch.

In last night’s episode of NCIS, viewers saw one homefront story of a military family, dealing with an unexpected crisis. Young Henry Marshall was told by his departing father, as he was once again deploying overseas, that he was in charge of the family [which included his mom and baby sister].

Sadly, Henry ended up being in the wrong place at the wrong time, witnessing a murder in a back alley; and the assailant came looking to quiet him. Does that sound at all a little bit like what happened to Gibbs’ wife and daughter all those years ago?

I have to admit I was worried that this episode was going to hit a bit too close to home, but it actually went in a different direction. As it turned out, the local cop who was first on the scene at the home invasion of the Marshall’s home was the one behind it all. I totally did not see that coming for once. How about you?

Elsewhere, we’ve still got the ongoing case from two weeks ago: the escaped convicts from the British prison. Tony was in England working with MI6, looking for the remaining convict Jason Scott and then he ended up going to Russia on a lead. Sadly, we didn’t get to see or even hear Tony at all in this episode; but according to the clips we will see plenty of Tony because they are his last two episodes.

But back to the main case being investigated…

Since Gibbs and the rest of the team were working on the home invasion story that left Fornell to head “across the pond” to find Jessica Terdei, the former chief of MI6 who was involved in Juniper Strike, the name of the mission that caused Jason Scott’s wife to be killed.

But Fornell didn’t leave alone. Director Vance went with him in order to get answers about what (or more specifically who) Scott is really after. Thanks to a lead from Tony they found a family connection to Terdei, but even that didn’t go well. Once they found their way to Terdei, who has been hiding out in a secluded cottage in the middle of nowhere surrounded by a flock of sheep, they are attacked by two very high-powered rifles.

In the end, though, Fornell and Terdei head to Gibbs’ house, thinking that will be a good (albeit temporary) save place to hide. But that is not the case as Fornell realized that someone was hiding in Gibbs’ basement and even though he and Terdei were ready for an attack, the unseen assailant got the better of them both, shooting Fornell three times in the chest and taking down Terdei too.

Once again, viewers are left with another dreaded “to be continued,” leading up to the final two episodes of the current season.

Do you think it was Jason Scott who shot Fornell and Terdei? If not him, then who? What do you think Gibbs will do next? What do you believe will happen in the next two episodes? How will Tony’s story come to end? Please share your thoughts in our comments section below.

The next new episode of the 13th season of ‘NCIS’ will air on CBS on Tuesday, May 10 at 8/7c.

Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Michael Weatherly as Tony DiNozzo
Pauley Perrette as Abby Sciuto
Sean Murray as Tim McGee
Emily Wickersham as Ellie Bishop
Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer
Rocky Carroll as Leon Vance
David McCallum as Dr. Donald Mallard

Guest stars:
Reiko Aylesworth as Anne Marshall
Benjamin Stockham as Henry Marshall
Sandra Nelson as Jessica Terdei
Adrian Sparks as Hugo Radcliffe
Pete Gardner as Detective Swanson
Zoe Perry as Police Officer Kristin Fields
Stephen Oyoung as Navy Captain Andrew Hubbard
Elijha Mahar as Davie Marshall
Joe Spano as Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell

Special Guest Appearance:
First Lady Michelle Obama